A large mulch
fire is still smoking in Laveen, nearly 24 hours after the blaze broke out. When
the fire began yesterday afternoon south of Phoenix, dozens of firefighters responded.
No homes or structures are considered in danger, but Ben Davis of the Maricopa County
Air Quality Department said local air quality has been affected by a large,
City officials report
progress combating violent crime, vandalism and prostitution in West Phoenix.That part of town has
struggled with those issues for years. In fact, if you look at
a police map from this March, pockets of violent crime still glow bright red in West Phoenix, but an annual city report from
the region does show some good news, including a 14 percent reduction in
violent crime since 2005.
Tucson City Council passed two gun control ordinances Wednesday. The ordinances are opposed by gun rights advocates who say they violate an individual’s constitutional rights.One measure would fine anyone in Tucson $100 if they fail to report to police the loss or theft of a gun within 48 hours from the time it went missing.
The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury has added top draft pick Brittney Griner to the lineup this season. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner is nationally known for her dunking and defense. Griner's
presence is expected to help the organization on and off the court.
The 1 cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2010 as Proposition 100 expires on Saturday. The vote occurred while Arizona's economy was in the middle of the recession and the state's budget was deep in a deficit.
Arizona's 3rd District Representative, Democrat Raul Grijalva, said he is in favor of the Senate's immigration reform plan, especially when compared to what is being considered in the House, which Grijalva said is too punitive.
When the legislative session began, increasing funding for Child Protective Services seemed like a foregone conclusion, but progress has stalled in the House.Representative Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix talked about the delay and her expectations about the higher funding eventually being approved.
The Butterfly Wonderland opened over the Memorial Day weekend just outside of Scottsdale on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa reservation. It is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in the U.S.Mike Fox, Executive Director of Butterfly Wonderland, explained about the butterfly species, the conditions in the pavilion and why people are so drawn to butterflies.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has responded -- via YouTube -- to a court order blocking his agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as a factor in traffic stops. The sheriff implied the failure was at the federal level.
Officials with a Southern Arizona National Park say two men have come forward and are cooperating with an investigation into cactus vandalism there. Late last week, at least one saguaro cactus was knocked over and cut in half at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
The arts community around the Valley continues to shake things up with new, forward-thinking programs. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is right out front. KJZZ commentator Robrt Pela had this perspective on an ongoing series called "Lit Lounge.
Arizona State University has
released its top 10 new species list for 2013. The list includes a
glow-in-the-dark cockroach and the smallest vertebrate on Earth, a tiny frog. The
creatures on the list were selected by Arizona State University's International Institute for
symbolic move, a majority of the Phoenix City Council has endorsed federal
immigration reform.The City
Council cast the symbolic vote in support of the legislation approved by the
Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
p.m.– that is the deadline to collect the 335,000 signatures needed to recall the
self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.”
The push to oust Arpaio from office got a boost Friday when a federal judge ruled his office had racially profiled Latinos.
More people statewide were
charged with drunk driving over the Memorial Day weekend compared to last year,
and the Governor’'s Office of Highway Safety is concerned. Director Alberto Gutier said
he would like to see the number of traffic stops go up and the number of DUI
arrests go down, but just the opposite happened this Memorial Day.
Glendale city officials met Tuesday with National Hockey League representatives as well as with prospective team owners. Thee groups continue to discuss future plans for the Phoenix Coyotes.A Glendale spokeswoman said the city council will not make a decision regarding the ownership of the Coyotes until all information has been collected and all available options have been considered.
Last Friday a federal judge ruled the Maricopa County
Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos. The court ordered
the sheriff’s department stop those practices. Attorneys for the plaintiffs indicate
they will ask the court to appoint a monitor to make sure the sheriff’s office complies.
Police have identified a body
found floating in Tempe Town Lake. Gerrick Begay was discovered
between the railroad bridge and the Mill
Avenue Bridge around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Begay was 21 years old and a Tempe resident, police said.
Economist Jim Rounds on whether the major party gubernatorial nominees Fred Duval and Doug Ducey will actually be able to implement any of their fiscal plans, considering the state is facing another huge budget deficit.